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I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly my expectation were overblown. The author told her tale and had lovely photography. My expectations and the reality of the book did not mesh. I am a tad disappointed. It is probable not the authors fault.
Skip it. This is not a book about renovating a cottage. It is shirt chapters about the author breaking up with various boyfriends. The cottage doesn't come in until chapter 14. Then the oy discussion is you can move your furniture around. Skip it. There's nothing here.
Disappointing. I was so looking forward to this book but I am sorry to have to say that it didn't meet my expectations. The house is indeed very nice and her decorating of it is beautiful, however, the book tries to be both a decorating book and a personal memoir and in my opinion, that is where it fails. By incorporating so much personal information, Ms Schultz makes a "muddle". I realize we live in an era where expounding on one's sexual prowess is considered "cool"; I do not agree. There was no need to list affairs and especially no need to repeat the word, f----k.
I received this book yesterday, and took a quick glance through it before starting dinner. My quick glance turned into full immersion; I could not put it down. My bookshelves house numerous Interior Design books, but this is the first one I have acquired that combines a captivating personal story, alongside terrific design tips. The design suggestions will work for real people, with real rooms, living real lives in those rooms. While clearly France's Schultz has beautiful things; some purchased by her, and some inherited from her lovely mother, the rooms pictured here suggest comfort, warmth and a welcoming sense of ease. The rooms are not perfect, just perfect for her, which is the best someone can hope for when decorating a home. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys creating a comfortable, gracious nest.
So disappointing. A self-absorbed memoir by a person I couldn't relate to at all. I thought it was going to be about a run-down cottage that she brought back to life with hard work and talent. Instead it was just a lot of bragging and name-dropping. It seemed like things were being done by one professional after another, not with sweat equity. And to be honest, the results weren't all that good. Except for the garden which does look pretty nice, but she didn't design it or do the work. I'm sorry I purchased this book. It was really a waste of money.